• Love's Awakening

  • Ballantyne Legacy, Book 2
  • By: Laura Frantz
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (154 ratings)

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Love's Awakening

By: Laura Frantz
Narrated by: Angela Brazil
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Publisher's Summary

Ellie Ballantyne, youngest child of Silas and Eden, has left finishing school. But back at her family home in Pittsburgh, Ellie finds that her parents are away on a long trip, and her siblings don't seem to want her to stay. When she opens a day school for young ladies, she begins tutoring the incorrigible daughter of the enemy Turlock clan. The Turlocks are slaveholders and whiskey magnates, envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings.

As Ellie becomes increasingly tangled with the Turlocks, she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future - and Jack Turlock, a young man striving to free himself from his family's violent legacy. How can she betray her family and side with the enemy? And will Jack ever allow her into his world?

©2013 Laura Frantz (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Frantz's family saga is a rare treat for fans that will stay with readers long after they finish." ( RT Book Reviews)

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Frantz is always a good choice!

I've said it before and it's worth saying again....Laura Frantz books have become my choice when I'm looking for a good clean romance story that's loaded with history. This series is a wonderful example of great writing and narration. There are so many poignant moments and memorable characters that I am looking forward to listening to the next book. 😉

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Even Better Than the First in the Series

Ellie Ballantyne can’t wait to leave finishing school in Philadelphia and return to her home in Pittsburg. On the way, she encounters a fierce storm and Jack Turlock from the enemy family comes to her rescue. Despite his hard edges and terrible reputation, she senses he’s different from the rest of his family. When she arrives home, her parents are traveling and trouble finds New Hope. Between old expectations, fugitive slaves, and a forbidden love, things are more difficult than Ellie expected.

I loved this book. The narrator often enunciated too precisely, emphasizing each syllable, but she did a good job of handling the Scottish accents when needed. I liked both Jack and Ellie very much, and Eden and Silas were even better than in the first book. I’m looking forward to the third and last book of the series. #Nostalgic #FamilyFeud #PreCivilWar #Heartfelt #HappyEnding

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Great Story - Superb narration

Angela Brazil has to be one of the best narrators ever. She has so many voices. The men sound like men. The Scottish Brogue is exquisite. I've already started the next book in the Series and she can even do a Kentucky drawl. The only thing she is missing is the Pittsburghers y'uns (yunz) but maybe that came later. I am from Pittsburgh and I find the historical references fascinating. I wish I could see a map of where New Hope is and Broad Oaks and River ?

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Outstanding!

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio version of Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz! I loved Jack, Ellie, and Chloe (and, of course, Silas and Eden) and the way their characters grew in the story! The reader was exceptional with her Scottish accents and added so much to my enjoyment! I highly recommend this book!

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Frantz does it again

I really enjoyed Laura Frantz #2 book in this series as much as the 1st. Great characters, good morals, with just the right amount of spice. Looking forward to listening to #3!

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Wonderful Story

I love this series, with this story being my favorite. I adore Jack and Ellie, and Chloe with her lovable and spunky personality. Laura Frantz always writes with such beauty and depth. The narrator does a good job. A couple of the voices weren’t my favorite, but most of them I thought were excellent…great Scottish brogue.

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Exclaiming every word?

If you put emphasis on every word how do you listen? This narrator leaves much to be desired.

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Overwhelming

This was a great book , good story line and surprises throughout . It was very fulfilling.

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Excellent

I really like this author, her thoughtful stories, and the talented performance by Angela Brazil. I like the history wrapped up in it and the content and pace of the story.

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Love's Awakening

Wow!! So many ,many times I held my breath, so many " didn't see that coming" moments !! I was not familiar with author Laura Frantz or narrator Angela Brazil but am glad to have taken the chance to experience their work . I was not disappointed !!